Cottesloe council adopts $12m draft foreshore masterplan


Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins and chief executive Mat Humfrey want comment on the masterplan to refurbish the foreshore at Cottesloe.
Cottesloe council adopts $12m draft foreshore masterplan
Cottesloe council adopts $12m draft foreshore masterplan
Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins and chief executive Mat Humfrey want comment on the masterplan to refurbish the foreshore at Cottesloe.

COTTESLOE council adopted a $12 million draft foreshore renewal masterplan on Tuesday.

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The draft masterplan was developed as a detailed version of the council’s 2012 Foreshore Redevelopment Plan, but missing its predecessor’s proposals for a toilet block south of the Indiana Restaurant, other toilets near Napier Street and a sea pool.

Mayor Jo Dawkins said the masterplan reflected strips such as Hastings Street in Noosa, Queensland, including more al fresco dining and a pedestrian-dominated Marine Parade along the current cafe and bar strip opposite the beach’s main carpark.

She said improving the carparkand other upgrades would be the council’s first priority in the masterplan, but it was “ambitious” to get the work started by next winter because detailed plans and funding were needed from State and Federal governments.

Some funds could come from the $9 million sale of the Town’s works depot several years ago, but how much, and for which parts of the masterplan, would need to be decided by councillors.

Mrs Dawkins said she had several positive responses to the masterplan from some commercial property owners on the beach strip, and she hoped the council’s improvements would prompt them all to improve their buildings because more people attracted to the foreshore would want to buy their coffees, beer or fish and chips.

The masterplan is at least the third concept for refurbishing the Cottesloe beachfront in the past decade, but chief executive Mat Humfrey said it was needed to provide the details which could be costed to seek funding.

Mr Humfrey said any bottlenecks created by the proposed pedestrian-dominated al fresco strip could be dealt with by traffic changes in other parts of the suburb.

The Indiana Restaurant is not part of the masterplan, and a report about the council’s argument with its operators about their lease and claimed maintenance will be given to councillors later this month.

The public has 60 days to comment on the masterplan before council considers replies in February.